Power Boat Handling Course

powerboat photoDo you want to learn to drive a small Powerboat?
Would you like to man a rescue boat to support your Club?
This Program will provide you with the necessary skills for the safe use of small Powerboats, including the equipment to be carried, knowledge of seamanship, navigation and weather.

We will be running a course in July or August.  To register your interest please email the Club Manager at manager@elwoodsc.com

Start Sailing – Adult & Teenage

Start Sailing – Dinghy 1 & 2

Start Sailing – Dinghy 1 & 2 is intended to provide an introduction to sailing for people who have not previously sailed or need a refresher course. It is open to teenagers and adults providing the training they need to become competent sailors with the aim of progressing to competitive club sailing.

The next training sessions will run on Saturday mornings in May, being

Saturday 3 May 9.00am-2.00pm
Saturday 10 May 9.00am-2.00pm
Saturday 17 May 9.00am-2.00pm
Saturday 24 May 9.00am-2.00pm
Saturday 31 May 9.00am-2.00pm

Please note that 9:00am is the actual commencement time for training and students are expected to be prepared, changed and ready to go by that time.

Instruction

Instruction is by qualified Instructors with many years of dinghy sailing and teaching experience. Instruction will be given both on-land and on-the-water in club-supplied boats.

Course Syllabus: Start Sailing – Dinghy 1 & 2

Environment and Safety
Boat familiarisation
Parts of a boat
Rigging
Steering
Capsize and recovery
Sail trim Sailing techniques
Rules of the road

Yachting Australia Sailing Pathways

At the end of each course all students will be assessed on number of lessons attended and standard of sailing achieved and those who have reached a satisfactory level of sailing ability and attendance will be granted a Yachting Australia Certificate of Completion for either Start Sailing Dinghy 1, or Start Sailing Dinghy 1 & 2. Trainees are welcome to re-enroll for another Start Sailing Dinghy course if they wish to achieve a higher level certificate, and once the trainee has attained the Start Sailing Dinghy 2 certificate they are ready to progress further along the Yachting Australia Sailing Pathways.

Venue

The courses will be held at Elwood Sailing Club, Foreshore, Elwood, off Ormond Esplanade. (Melways ref 67B4). A Council-controlled car park is adjacent and meter fees are payable.

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What to Wear

Weather conditions may vary from cold to hot, so students should therefore bring:
Bathers, Towel & Wetsuit (if available) or Thermal underclothes
Shorts (also good over wetsuit for protection)
Polyester or lycra shirts and tops recommended (not cotton)
PFD/ Buoyancy Vests are available on loan from the club, or bring your own PFD (subject to inspection).
Woollen jumpers or thermal jumpers / jackets Windproof / waterproof jacket
Old sneakers / wetsuit boots
Sun hat / sunglasses / sunscreen (hats and sunglasses must be fitted with sports straps)
Sailing gloves if available (golf, weight lifting, bike gloves etc. all good)

 

Enrollments

To enroll please click here. Alternatively you can print off an Enrollment Form click here.

Fees Payable per Session

ESC Club Member

$100

Senior Non-Member

$350

Personal Accident insurance (optional extra for non members - same coverage for members provided by Y.A. Silver Card)

$6

Boats used by ESC Training Centre

Senior training uses the Laser class of boat with the smallest of its three rig options – the Laser 4.7. The Laser is also a single person boat, and is an Olympic class,  but by using the smallest sail plan the boat is most suitable for novice sailors.

Further Information

Bookings and inquiries may be made to the ESC Training co-ordinator on 0417 508 483 or via email to training@elwoodsc.com

Introduction to Club Racing

This course is open to ESC club members, senior & junior, who have completed the ‘Start Sailing - Dinghy’ course and wish to progress their sailing to a level where they can participate in club races. The course is hands on/on-water using ESC fleet of 4.7 Laser training dinghies and runs for 2 x 5 session semesters on Saturdays from late October – December in the first half of the season and February – April in the second half of the season from Midday – 2pm . Students are encouraged to join in to ESC club races that follow the sessions using the training boats.

For further information read on or print off our Intro to Club Racing brochure and Training Calendar or
contact the ESC training co-ordinator at training@elwoodsc.com.

For ITCR course enrolment please download the enrolment form here

Course Dates – Introduction to Club Racing

Lesson
Number
First Semester
Oct – December 2013
Second Semester
Feb – April 2014
1 (including Introduction) 26th October 2013 22nd February 2014
2 9th November 2013 1st March 2014
3 16th November 2013 15th March 2014
4 23rd November 2013 22nd March 2014
5 30th November 2013 29th March 2014
New Member /
Sail Training BBQ
7th December 2013 5th April 2014
Fun Day Sailing 21st December 2013 8th March 2014

Venue

The courses will be held at Elwood Sailing Club, Foreshore, Elwood, off Ormond Esplanade. (Melways ref 67B4). A Council-controlled car park is adjacent and meter fees are payable.

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What to Wear

Weather conditions may vary from cold to hot, so students should therefore bring:

Bathers & TowelWetsuit (if available) or Thermal underclothes
Shorts (also good over wetsuit for protection)
Polyester or lycra shirts and tops recommended (not cotton)
PFD/ Buoyancy Vests are available on loan from the club, or bring your own PFD (subject to inspection).
Woollen jumpers or thermal jumpers / jackets Windproof / waterproof jacket
Old sneakers / wetsuit boots
Sun hat / sunglasses / sunscreen (hats and sunglasses must be fitted with sports straps)
Sailing gloves if available (golf, weight lifting, bike gloves etc. all good)

Enrolments

Enrolments will only be accepted on the official Yachting Australia ITCR Student Enrolment Form.

The number of places available in both adult’s and children’s training squads is limited, so enrolments will be accepted on a first-in basis in the order completed Enrolment Forms are received together with full payment, until the squad limit is reached. This rule applies to all applications, including Club members and in the interests of fairness to all will be strictly enforced

Fees Payable per Session

ESC Club Member $100
Personal Accident insurance (optional extra for non members - same coverage for members provided by Y.A. Silver Card) $6

Further Information

Bookings and inquiries may be made to the ESC Training co-ordinatore on 03 95314743 or via email to training@elwoodsc.com

Tackers – Info for parents

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Tackers is an introductory, fun, games-based sailing program designed for kids aged 7 to 12. Kids don’t need to have any sailing experience and they don’t have to be a member of Elwood Sailing Club to participate. All the equipment, including the boats, is provided.

The Tackers Program is delivered in small groups by a Yachting Australia qualified Instructor and Assistant Instructors.

There are three levels that kids can progress through:
Tackers 1 – Having Fun
Tackers 2 – Tricks & Techniques
Tackers 3 – Sailing Fast!

Tackers PathwayIn Tackers 1 – Having Fun - kids sail in pairs in small boats. It’s a great way to meet new friends and kids have the chance to sail with others in their group.

Tackers 2 – Tricks & Techniques – If kids are confident, they can sail a boat on their own with lots of support, supervision and encouragement from the Instructor and Assistant Instructors.

The final level is Tackers 3 – Sailing Fast! This is a chance for the kids to sail boats on their own, learning how to make the boat go faster and playing more games, all whilst still under the guidance and supervision of the Instructor and Assistant Instructors.

Each level involves 20 hours of participation structured as a 5 day holiday program or as a series of sessions during term either on a Saturday or Sunday.

Kids receive a Tackers kit at the start of every level and a certificate of achievement at the end.

TACKERS LEVEL 1            TACKERS LEVEL 2              TACKERS LEVEL 3            

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Who should I contact to find out more?

For any enquiries please contact the club manager Mark White on 9531 4743 or Elwood Sailing Club Tackers Leader Geoff Craig on 0417 508 483 or email training@elwoodsc.com

How can parents/guardians be involved?

Tackers programs are fully supervised by Yachting Australia qualified Instructors and Assistant Instructor employed by the club. They oversee the session planning, delivery, and make sure the kids have fun and develop their skills and confidence in a safe environment. If a parent or guardian would like to be involved in Tackers as a volunteer, there are many off-water roles available. You can talk to the Tackers Club Leader about what opportunities are available at the club.

Parents/guardians can:

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  • Promote the Tackers program to their friends and family
  • Talk through their child’s progress with the Tackers Leader or Instructor
  • Support ‘Play by the Rules’ making sport inclusive, safe, and fair (www.playbytherules.net.au)
  • Encourage and support kids as they learn new skills and meet new friends through Tackers

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have to be a member of a club to participate in Tackers?

No, one of the great things about Tackers is you don’t have to be a member of Elwood Sailing Club to participate. In fact, kids receive an honorary club membership during their participation in the program.

Do kids need to be able to swim to participate in Tackers?

Some ability to swim would be preferable, however they will be wearing lifejackets at all times. Parents/guardians are encouraged to talk to the Tackers Club Leader or the Tackers Instructor if they have any concerns.

What type of boats will the kids be sailing?

The Tackers program is only delivered in a boat called an OziOpti. This boat was specifically designed for the program and is an ideal introduction to dinghy sailing. The boats allow two kids to sail together and as they gain confidence and move up from Tackers 1 to Tackers 2 they are able to sail the boat alone. The boats have built-in buoyancy which means they provide extra stability.

Are the kids out sailing on their own?

When kids start sailing in Tackers 1 they will be sailing in pairs. There are usually 6 boats in a group and there will be an Instructor and an Assistant Instructor in a safety boat supervising the group. The safety boat stays on the water all the time the kids are sailing.

Do the kids need any special clothing to participate in Tackers?

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We recommend kids wear clothes and shoes that they don’t mind getting wet and bring a towel and a change of clothes with them. Click here to download the Tackers Checklist of What to Bring.

What can kids do when they finish Tackers?

There are three levels to the Tackers program which kids can progress through. When they finish Tackers 3 – Sailing Fast! they can progress to a program at the club called Green Fleet (to be launched in Term 4 2014). This is a program that introduces kids to fun racing.

How much does it cost?

Tackers courses are $320 per student.

Can I learn to sail as well?

Of course! Click here to find out about our Adult learn to sail courses

TACKERS COURSES

Tackers 1

Term 2 2014 – Saturday mornings 9am-1pm Click here for details & enrollment

Tackers 2

Coming in October

Tackers 3

Term 2 2014 – Saturday afternoons 1.30pm-5.30pm Click here for details & enrollment

Further Information
For further enquiries please email training@elwoodsc.com or call Geoff (Head of Training) on 0417 508 483.

Tackers – Kids learn to sail

Tackers640KidsBoatsFun640Tackers is a great sailing program for kids aged 7 to 12 – It’s fun, safe and affordable!

INFO FOR PARENTS

Tackers is an introductory, fun, games-based sailing program designed for kids aged 7 to 12. Kids don’t need to have any sailing experience and they don’t have to be a member of Elwood Sailing Club to participate. All the equipment, including the boats, is provided. Click here for all the information you need to know as a parent.

INFO FOR KIDS

Kids play loads of games and go on adventures together to learn how to sail. There isn’t a court, a pitch or an oval like other sports, instead you have a beach and bay explore. Click here to find out all the fun you could have doing Tackers.

TACKERS COURSES

Click here for 2013/14 Elwood Tackers Calendar

Tackers 1

Term 2 2014 – Saturday mornings 9.00am-1.00pm Click here for details & enrollment

Tackers 2

Coming in October

Tackers 3

Term 2 2014 – Saturday afternoons 1.30pm-5.30pm Click here for details & enrollment

Further Information
For further enquiries please email training@elwoodsc.com or call Geoff (Head of Training) on 0417 508 483.

Tackers – Info for kids

8367383672Tackers is all about having a great time with other kids, playing loads of games and going on adventures while learning how to sail together. There isn’t a court, a pitch or an oval like other sports, instead you have a beach and the bay to explore.

Tackers Instructors are there to teach you how to sail and make sure you are having loads of fun!

When you start sailing in Tackers you will be with a group of kids and get the chance to sail with someone else in the boat so you can learn and have fun together.

After you have finished the Tackers Program, you get a Tackers kit bag filled with lots of goodies and a Certificate of Achievement to remind you of your great day!

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YOUR TACKERS CHECKLIST

Here is what you need to  bring with you every time you go sailing with Tackers

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Further Information
For further enquiries please email training@elwoodsc.com or call Geoff (Head of Training) on 0417 508 483.

Sunday morning practice sessions

Adult training

 

10th Feb, 24th Feb, 3rd March, 17th March & 24th March 9:30 – 11:30am; Open to all Junior or Adult sailing members, these sessions are aimed at people who have completed the Start Sailing –Dinghy course or are at a higher level of sailing and who want to practice their sailing with rescue boats on the water and a coach to provide tips. The sessions are casual with no enrollment required and are free with your own boat or $10 if you wish to use a club training boat. Continue reading

Elwood Sailing Club partners with Elwood Primary School

Elwood Sailing Club is proud to partner with Elwood Primary School to offer free learn to sail courses to grade 3/4 students. Sailing is a sport that fosters independence and self reliance while having fun on the water.

To go in the draw for the free courses, students need to contact their teacher.  Who knows? Maybe these kids will be competing for Australia in the 2020 Olympics just like all the great sailors!